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Winter Meetings 2012: Seattle Mariners Sign Jason Bay

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The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent outfielder Jason Bay at the 2012 MLB winter meetings. The deal is currently pending a physical, but is otherwise ready to go through.

Several teams contacted the 34-year-old Bay over the past few days including the Mariners, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. Bay struggled with the New York Mets after he signed a four-year, $66 million contract. In fact, he has posted some of the worst statistics of his nine-year career since signing the mega-deal that has proven to be another poor decision by New York’s management team.

Seattle is certainly taking a huge gamble on Bay after he batted .165 with only eight home runs, 20 RBIs and two doubles in 194 plate appearances this past season. However, the Mets have agreed to pay the remaining $21 million on his contract over the next several years. New York must really have wanted to part ways with Bay as they also had to buyout the last year of his contract.

The righty slugger has certainly shown signs of great potential after his NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2004 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and his three All-Star selections in 2005, 2006 and 2009 with the Pirates and Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, he could never regain his proper form with the Mets as injuries played a huge role in his inability to produce. In fact, he averaged only 96 games the past three seasons.

It will be interesting to see what a change of scenery will do for Bay as the decision to depart ways with New York was certainly mutual.

Michael is a MLB and NBA Featured Writer for Rant Sports, but covers topics for various teams in baseball, basketball, and football. Make sure to follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelTerrill and on Facebook.